10 of the Weirdest Children’s Book Authors of All Time

Daniel Pinkwater

We’ve already explained how Daniel Pinkwater’s Lizard Music scarred us for life, but he didn’t stop there: his absurd, surrealistic stories are called things like The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of DeathFat Men from Space, and The Hoboken Chicken Emergency — and trust us, they’re all weirder than they sound. If there’s any doubt as to his epic strangeness, we will leave you with his author bio, as published in the back of Lizard Music: “DANIEL PINKWATER has written about one hundred books, many of them good. Lizard Music was almost the first one he wrote, and remains his personal favorite. It is entirely his own work, and the story that it was discovered as a manuscript inserted in a bale of banana leaves, probably to increase the weight, is merely legend, and without foundation in fact.” If you’re still wondering, just check out this picture of him in a Viking helmet.